Rehearsing What God Has Done
A Brief History of Bible Based Ministries
by Shaun Willcock
“…they rehearsed all that God had done with them…” (Acts 14:27)
Bible Based Ministries had its beginning way back in September 1983, although it was not known by this name then and much was to change, especially doctrinally, between 1983 and 1986. Those first years were a time of growth, of casting off the false and laying hold on the true, and in many ways 1986 was the true beginning of basing this work upon a solid and true doctrinal foundation; but as much of what occurred then could not be understood without reference to the years that went before, and as this work did, officially at any rate, begin in 1983 even though there was so much error still to be forsaken, it is best to mark the starting point as September 1983.
In accordance with Acts 14:27 – “they rehearsed all that God had done with them” – what follows is a condensed history of the work, and also contains something of my own testimony – of necessity, as shall be seen. To our God must go all the glory, for we are nothing in ourselves, and without Him we can do nothing (Jn. 15:5); and at the end of the day, when we have done what has been commanded us, we can only say, “We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do” (Lk. 17:10). Yes, and done it very imperfectly, and tainted with sin.
Throughout these years we have experienced many trials, and endured many enemies. But the Lord has guided us each step of the way, year by year, and has blessed us. It has been our great joy, and our undeserved privilege, to serve Him in this way.
It is our desire that the Lord would be glorified by this brief recounting of the His mercies and blessings.
I was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia, in 1963. Today the country that was then Rhodesia is a very different place: after a brutal revolution which lasted many years, it fell to Communist terrorist forces and became Zimbabwe, a Marxist state. My family and I left Rhodesia in 1974, as the terrorist war was escalating, and came to South Africa. And it was here, as a young teenager, that the Lord graciously saved my soul in 1978.